Scripture Verse

Brethren, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified. 2 Thessalonians 3:1


Catherine Winkworth

Words: Carl H. von Bo­gatz­ky, 1727 (Wach auf, du Geist der erst­en Zeug­en). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ca­the­rine Winkw­orth, Ly­ra Ger­ma­ni­ca (Lon­don & New York: George Newnes & Charles Scrib­ner’s Sons, 1855), pag­es 31–33, alt.

Music: All’ Ehr’ und Lob Kirch­en­ge­sang­buch (Strass­burg, Ger­ma­ny: 1541) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of von Bo­gatz­ky (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Awake, Thou Spirit, who didst fire
The watchmen of the Church’s youth,
Who faced the foe’s envenomed ire,
Who witnessed day and night Thy truth,
Whose voices loud are ringing still
And bringing hosts to know Thy will!

Lord, let our earnest prayers be heard,
The prayer Thy Son hath bid us pray;
For lo, Thy children’s hearts are stirred
In every land in this our day
To cry with fervent soul to Thee,
Oh, help us, Lord! So let it be!

Oh, haste to help ere we are lost!
Send preachers forth, in spirit strong,
Armed with Thy Word, a dauntless host,
Bold to attack the rule of wrong;
Let them the earth for Thee reclaim,
Thy heritage, to know Thy name.

And let Thy Word have speedy course,
Through every land be glorified,
Till all the heathen know its force
And fill Thy churches far and wide.
Oh, spread the conquest of Thy Word
And let Thy kingdom come, dear Lord!